Belper - Winter 2015


Between Christmas and New Year’s, my parents and I went up to Belper in Derbyshire to visit my brother and his family.

St Pancras

We had a while to wait for the train at St Pancras station, so Mum and I went for a short walk to the nearby canal.

Tree and leaves.
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Construction near St Pancras.
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The journey to Belper was uneventful this year.


On the next day my brother led a walk from Cromford railway station, a short train journey away. We started by following a path uphill.

View toward Cromford.
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Sloping road.
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The first exciting landmark was the penny tree, which is a large tree that (for some unknown reason) people stick coins into. That might not be healthy for the tree, but it seems to be coping.

My parents inspecting the penny tree.
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The tree and its shadow.
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Coins in the tree.
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Next the route took us down to the Cromford Canal.

Derelict canalside building (interior).
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Another view of the interior.
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Same building from across the canal.
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We walked along the canal for a little way.

Pumping station.
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Overhead hanging round thing beside High Peak Railway workshops.
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Trees and shipping containers reflected in the canal.
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Railway, river, and hillside.
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Nice large corrugated shed below canal.
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We stopped for lunch in a café at Cromford Wharf, the end of the canal. (Rather a lot of other people had had the same idea; it was packed and we had to wait a while.) After that we crossed the road to look at the Cromford Mills complex.

Water that would have driven a mill wheel.
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Same waterfall.
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Building in the cliff.
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Bridge over water channel, mill windows reflected.
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Mill buildings over gateway.
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Entrance to a mill building...
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...and the view inside.
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After thoroughly investigating the mills, we returned to the railway station, via the local church.

Multi-arched entranceway to church.
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Cromford station.
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Belper mills and industry

The next day, Dad and I avoided going to the swimming pool with the rest and took a short walk around Belper instead. It was very windy, and rather grey.

East Mill and the horseshoe weir.
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Part of North Mill.
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Water channel.
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Mill wall (1).
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Mill wall (2).
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Scary poster of soldier on door.
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Wind blowing fountain water in Belper River Gardens.
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Swiss Tea Rooms (ex).
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East Mill from water.
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East Mill corner and sluice gates.
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Entrance hall (?) for East Mill.
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Drinking fountain in wall of bridge between mills.
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Factory (on the site of the West Mill) that makes Pretty Polly tights.
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We then walked to other interesting areas of the town.

Abandoned Thorntons factory.
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Dangling cables, blowing in the wind.
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Bike, burnt-out shopping trolley.
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The County Garage (nice sign).
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View through gateway into Thorntons site.
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Belper in the sun

Before heading back on the last day, we walked around the town (in glorious sunshine).

I stayed at the Lion Hotel, which has a wooden lion statue.
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Terraced mill housing on Long Row.
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Knitted Christmas decorations in town centre park.
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Gate by cinema.
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Reflections on house wall.
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Another knitted decoration.
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Side of a building on path to station.
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View south from station.
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